[EMS Discuss] Vacuum Former Update

Rick Osgood rick at richardosgood.com
Fri Feb 14 10:50:15 PST 2014


Aren't you a little short for a storm trooper Ben?  I'm not sure what you
mean by hard vacuum so I don't really understand your question.  Can you
describe to me what you mean in more detail?


On Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 10:48 AM, Benjamin Hallert <ben at vipmail.com> wrote:

> Don't forget about storm trooper armor! That's the main purpose for these
> vacuum formers, isn't it? :-)
>
> Hey quick technical question about vacuum... Is this a roughing pump? Or is
> it capable of drawing a fairly hard to vacuum if you make the time
> investment? I have a project I've been thinking about for a few years and
> access to hard vacuum is a prerequisite.
> - Ben
>
>
> On Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 10:45 AM, Bob Miller <kbob at jogger-egg.com> wrote:
>
>> So now we need a large format CNC router to carve those Pokemon
>> character shapes. (-:
>>
>> On Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 9:22 PM, Rick Osgood <rick at richardosgood.com>
>> wrote:
>> > We didn't actually form anything because we can't run the heater. But
>> you
>> > can make a mold out of wood or foam or pretty much anything you can
>> carve to
>> > a specific shape. It just has to be heat resistant enough to not melt
>> with
>> > the molten plastic sheet touches it.
>> >
>> >
>> > On Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 9:16 PM, Bob Miller <kbob at jogger-egg.com>
>> wrote:
>> >>
>> >> Cool! How do you make a mold?
>> >>
>> >> On Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 8:08 PM, Rick Osgood <rick at richardosgood.com>
>> >> wrote:
>> >> > I just wanted to send out a quick update about the vacuum former
>> >> > project.
>> >> > Tonight we got the vacuum system up and running! And it works! It
>> took
>> >> > about 2-3 minutes to pull a vacuum that registered as 29 inches of
>> >> > mercury!
>> >> > (30 is a complete vacuum and he recommends at least 27 for a good
>> vacuum
>> >> > former system). It may have pulled more if we let it go longer, but
>> we
>> >> > didn't test it.
>> >> >
>> >> > This gives me great hope for our vacuum system. There is a slow leak
>> >> > from
>> >> > somewhere(s) but I'm not sure it will present a problem since we
>> don't
>> >> > need
>> >> > the tanks to hold a vacuum for longer than a few seconds. We might
>> be
>> >> > able
>> >> > to squeeze a bit more performance out of it if we can fix the leaks
>> >> > though.
>> >> > I intend to put up a blog post with some photos and hopefully a
>> video
>> >> > clip
>> >> > this week. Keep your eyes peeled.
>> >> >
>> >> > Next step is to build the front control panel and get everything
>> mounted
>> >> > to
>> >> > it. I intend to have this completed by the end of March.
>> >> >
>> >> > Rick
>> >> >
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>> >
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